Anyone who is on social media will have seen the #Postcards of Kindness initiative, asking people from around the country and beyond to send care home residents post cards.
It’s designed to encourage people to combat loneliness and isolation, and is an excellent way to encourage residents to remember holidays they had been on as a child or with their own young families, and stimulate conversations.
The whole thing was started in 2018 by a national care company, which asked anyone going on holiday or heading off on a day trip to send residents at its 10 care homes a postcard.
The same campaign is still running now in 2019 and going from strength to strength, with the hope that more care homes around the country and further afield will take part.
After having a chat with our residents about taking part in the campaign, we decided to get on board. Our lovely Oak Park Activities Co-ordinator Lizzie applied to join the group and sent our address to the #Postcards of Kindness admin team to be accepted in the group. It wasn’t long before we received our first postcard and since then we have been busy colouring and making our own postcards to send in correspondence. Here are a selection of photos taken while engaging in making, writing and posting our first postcard to send back.
Our residents thoroughly enjoyed their first week taking part in the campaign. Check out the #Postcards of Kindness Facebook page and you might spot some of our pictures!